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Chocolate Pound Cake

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

chocolate pound cake

Here’s another recipe, especially for chocoholics. My husband is one, and, in addition, he does not like what he calls “airy-fairy” American cakes. (He also loathes frosting, but will eat that overly sweet thin icing as that’s more like what he grew up with in England.)

I found this recipe for chocolate pound cake on the Food Network site, but the last time I checked, it was no longer there. The original recipe calls for unsalted butter, but, as usual, I used my regular salted butter. Since the salted butter keeps better, that’s what I normally have on hand.

Chocolate Bread Pudding

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

I don’t know what the weather is like where you live, but here it’s pretty chilly at the moment. Since I have quite a bit of stale bread to use up as well, it’s the perfect time to make a big batch of chocolate bread pudding. (Actually, I made some last week, but should have made at least a double recipe. Be forewarned, this pudding will disappear like magic!)

2 cups milk, scalded*
3 Tbs. baking cocoa (NOT instant chocolate milk mix!!)or 1 square unsweetened baking chocolate
1 cup bread crumbs
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 cup sugar
pinch of salt
1 tsp. vanilla

‘Tis the Season for Merry Crispness Cookies

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

This recipe was originally printed in our local newspaper many, many years back. (It was long enough ago that we had two newspapers a day, the Worcester Telegram in the morning and the Worcester Evening Gazette later in the day. Later on, only one paper was printed daily, called the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. Exactly which paper printed this recipe? I’m afraid I haven’t a clue!)

At any rate, this is a personal favorite. It’s a nice buttery rolled out sugar cookie. If you like, you can use cookie cutters to make holiday shapes instead of cutting the dough into diamond shapes by following the recipe directions.

Looking for a Good Chicken Recipe?

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

I’ve been meaning to post another recipe for some time now, so here’s one that I took from the cookbook included with my pressure cooker. This has become my standard “company recipe” because just about everyone who tries it likes it and it’s fairly quick and easy.

Here’s the First Re-posted Recipe

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

As I mentioned before, I’m planning to re-post the recipes that were on my prior blog.

This one was sent to me by my step-daughter Kirsti who lives in Devon. I haven’t managed to make them yet, but they sure sound good!

Raspberry Buns (makes 12) Traditional British recipe

225g/8oz self-raising flower
1 tsp baking powder
75g/3oz butter
75g/3oz caster sugar*
1 large egg (lightly beaten)
extra caster sugar for dusting buns
raspberry jam

Preheat oven to 180 degree C/350 degree F/ gas mark 4